Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, October 27, 2013

Saudi Women Hold A Drive-In Protest

Women faced little objection from police as they took to the streets of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday to protest the ban on driving.

Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost?

Since Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast a year ago, the federal government has spent millions to repair the devastation. But with a changing climate, more storms — and more damage — are likely on the way. A geologist argues it's time to rethink the strategy, but Long Beach locals are thankful for the rebuilding efforts.

Obstruction Call Gives Cardinals A World Series Lead

Red Sox third-baseman Will Middlebrooks tripped Allen Craig of St. Louis on his way to home plate, handing the Cards a 5-4 win in Game 3 of World Series. The series stands at 2-1.

The Truth That Creeps Beneath Our Spooky Ghost Stories

Those chills up and down your spine could mean more than just the thrill. An anthropologist tells us what these scary stories reveal. Click — if you dare — for tales of terror.

Does A Bear Drive In The Woods?

Three different bears broke into three different cars in Northern California recently. They learn how to open the doors, but they're not so good at getting out. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Anne Bryant, the executive director of the Bear League in Tahoe, Calif., a nonprofit group that helps keep bears safe in the wild.

Hungry For A Hidden Word

This week's puzzle involves brand names of foods at the grocery. If I asked you to take "Dole" (as in pineapples) and rearrange the letters to name an ore deposit, you would say "lode." What anagrams do each of the names conceal?
This week, harpist Elizabeth Hainen and the Philadelphia Orchestra will perform the U.S. premiere of Tan Dun's Nu-Shu: The Secret Songs of Women. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Tan and Hainen about the work, which was inspired by an ancient secret language spoken by women in Tan's home province.
British news executives go to trial Monday following the phone hacking and bribery scandal that sank Rupert Murdoch's News of the World. The trial is expected to reveal details of the uncomfortably cozy relationship between the media and political elites.

'Sockpuppets' Lurking On Wikipedia

People using online identities to deceive Wikipedia users, according to the Wikimedia Foundation. Several hundred user accounts have been suspended because of suspicions that these "sockpuppets" were using the site to promote clients and/or give misleading information. Host Rachel Martin talks to foundation executive director Sue Gardner.

Song For Childhood Ghosts 'Carries On' The Sorrow

Singer-songwriter Rita Hosking grew up in a house she says was haunted. She's written a song for the ghosts of the child who died and the grieving mother who followed him.
George Polk was a CBS correspondent covering the Greek civil war when he was murdered in 1948. Three men were convicted of involvement, but now an ex-prosecutor wants to reopen the case.

Accusations Of Coverups Roil Minnesota Archdiocese

In this encore story, which first aired on All Things Considered on Oct. 24, a whistle-blower has revealed how church leaders at the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis repeatedly covered up sexual misconduct by priests and gave pedophiles extra money.

Baseball's Most Crucial Strategy

As the World Series heats up, NPR's Mike Pesca reveals the most important behind-the-scenes method to success in baseball: Don't screw up. He joins host Rachel Martin.

A Sweet And Sour History Of Our Obsession With Candy

You may blame a love of Snickers for those too-tight jeans, but in the early 20th century, the accusations were more serious: Candy was blamed for moral and physical decay. In Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure, Samira Kawash traces our love-hate relationship with sweets.

Ghostwriter Carries On V.C. Andrews' Gothic Legacy

Hold on to your book covers, the best-selling author of Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews, has been dead since 1986. But she's had a ghostwriter channeling her — a man by the name of Andrew Neiderman. NPR's Rachel Martin chats with Neiderman about writing for Andrews, as well as authoring his own works.

River Phoenix's Eccentric Upbringing, Tragic Death

The young actor died of a drug overdose outside the Hollywood night club 20 years ago this Halloween. Host Rachel Martin talks with Gavin Edwards about his biography of River Phoenix, Last Night at the Viper Room.
The Leonard Bernstein Letters, edited by Nigel Simeone, compiles correspondence to and from the legendary composer and conductor. The letters — from serious to silly — offer a detailed look at both the distinguished career and the adventurous personal life of a singular American genius.
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